Service Opportunities for All Generations
Faith and Action Events
We’re doing a series of monthly projects like those described below to target ways our young adults and like-minded individuals can let our faith make more of an impact on our community. Each time, we’ll meet briefly to reflect on our purpose, and then go out to serve. Afterwards there’s time for snacks, meals, conversation, and further thoughts about acting on faith in our communities. Contact Mike Johnson for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-284-0245.
The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is constantly in need of more furniture items to give to families who’ve suffered house fires or are getting their own living space, but don’t have enough income to furnish the basics. In March, we put faith into the action of assembling simple furniture for these folks.
The Faith & Action team worked in an assembly line at the church building with the Youth Fellowship group to see how many tables we could put together and paint between 6 and 8 p.m.
Winter Faith & Action @ the Habitat ReStore
Overbrookers put faith into action by helping at the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore West, which is just south of 70 near the Valley View area of town. Once again, helped to sort, move, and clean the store’s inventory and assist customers in their shopping. This was a great way to help Habitat without constructions skills or needing to be outside in the winter months, and was really needed since the new store only had one employee on duty!
Return to Caldwell
In 2009, Overbrook took it’s first Adult Mission Trip to Caldwell, Ohio. In 2010, members of the Faith and Action team joined in for the second trip to Caldwell. Now the team plans to join the third Mission to Caldwell on August 27, 2011. During this day-long work trip the team will provide skilled and unskilled labor for a variety of tasks like: painting, sorting donations, and small construction projects. These mission trips share Christ’s care with a wide range of families, from those dealing with long-term illness and injuries, to those isolated in small communities with few resources. Adults interested in joining the team and putting their faith into action can sign-up on the bulletin board outside the office or contact Pastor Michael. The plan is to leave for Caldwell around 7:00 a.m., get in a full day of work, and then stop for dinner on the way home.
Tables for CRC’s Summer Lunch Program
Overbrook’s Faith and Action team devotes part of a Saturday assembling three new picnic tables at Riverlodge Park on Broadmeadows Boulevard. The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center operates a summer lunch program at the park. This program provides lunches to underprivileged children in the surrounding housing project, and needed additional tables to use during the lunch. Material for the tables was provided through a generous gift of an Overbrook member.
The team spent the morning playing in the rain and putting the tables together. Then they went on to re-finish the two usable tables that were already there. Despite the weather, with the help of some elbow grease and a generator from the John Beltz Retreat Center, they got that done too!
On a Gray May Day in Whetstone Park
Overbrook’s Faith and Action team spends a gray Saturday morning in May cleaning-up Whetstone Park for the city’s “Park’s in Need Project.” It’s amazing what gets left behind at park shelters or gets dropped in the casting pond! But it is a great way to serve our surrounding community, act on God’s call to take care of our natural resources, and share team-up with other Overbrookers.
One participant remarked on Facebook, “Finished cleaning up the local park…feels great to volunteer! Everyone should do it more!”